4th Test: Australia out for 300; India enforce follow-on

07 January, 2019, 06:55 | Author: Marlene Myers
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Kuldeep, playing his first match in the series, picked up his second five-wicket haul in Test cricket, with his first coming against the West Indies at Rajkot in October of past year.

India have all but confirmed their first series Test victory in Australia by batting for almost two full days in raising 622-7 declared with Pujara (193) and Pant (159 not out) scoring centuries.

Australia's batsmen went through the campaign without scoring a century, the first time this has happened at home in a series of four or more Tests since 1882-83.

After the start of play was delayed by nearly four hours, the hosts were bowled out for 300 before tea, trailing India by 322 runs in the first innings.

Australia, reeling from a record three-consecutive declarations this series, gave up their biggest first-innings deficit at the famed venue since 1936.

Australia was six without loss in its second innings, with Marcus Harris unbeaten on two and Usman Khawaja on four, as an early tea was taken due to bad light.

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They didn't last long with all-rounder Pat Cummins trudging back to the pavilion after just three balls, clean bowled by Mohammed Shami without adding to his overnight 25.

Peter Handscomb (37) was the next to have his castle toppled, catching an inside edge from Jasprit Bumrah's bowling, which careened into his pads and then the stumps.

Australia, resuming at 236-6, quickly lost 3-22 a day after their top order folded in a collapse of 3-24.

India's Kuldeep Yadav, second left, celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Australia's Nathan Lyon.

Nathan Lyon struggled in the few balls he faced against Kuldeep Yadav and fell for a duck, before Mitchell Starc (29) and Josh Hazlewood (21) offered some cavalier batting at the death to boost Australia's total.

Yadav got his reward thereafter with Hazlewood trapped lbw on a close umpire's call, and the decision stayed in the wrist-spinner's favour despite DRS.

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